James Masango MPL
DA Mpumalanga Chief Whip of the Official Opposition.
Hundreds of learners in the Phola/Ogies area missed the first day of school today when scholar transport operators failed to collect them and ferry them to school. While some tried to hitch lifts with passing motorists, many had no other option but to return home and miss the first day of school.
While the DA could not establish the reasons for the no-show of scholar transport, it is unacceptable – whether it be due to non-payment by the department, or operating problems with service providers, and the matter must be addressed immediately.
Learners cannot be disadvantaged through no fault of their own, and the department must insure that learners will not be left stranded in the days to come.
To this end, I contacted and informed the HOD of the education department, Ms MOC Mhlabane of the situation. Ms Mhlabane undertook to engage with her colleagues at the
Department of Public Works, Roads and Transport, who are responsible for scholar transport operations.
While the DA has been reassured that learners will not be left stranded tomorrow, we will keep a close eye on all areas to ensure that every learner gets to school on time, every day.